(Apologies for the break in blogging. I have been in the process of moving from Minnesota to NYC. Moving is not fun.This is excerpt from a blog post I wrote for the Online Journalism Blog that summarized the findings of my thesis study on 10 local news sites. Read the first of three posts in full here. Aside from this series, I will have several other posts this week that might strike your fancy.)
Though local news sites have expanded their production of content and made great strides in technological advances on their video platforms, they haven’t exactly reached the next threshold or industry standard in online video. In many cases, this “standard” is being set by media giants like CNN and user-generated social media sites like YouTube. In fact, a recent study shows that watching online video is more popular than Facebook or Twitter. The trend is continuing in that direction and the time spent watching online video has increased as well. And with YouTube now getting into the local news business with its News Near You feature that will grab news clips from sources that are 100 miles from your computer’s IP address, local news organizations should worry.
Many of the local news sites are still experimenting and beginning to define the type of video content they would like to produce. Below are lessons learned from a thesis study that examined how 10 local news sites in the Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota, USA market used online video. The conclusions made here, are also gathered through interviews of editors at the respective organizations (Note: Several did not want or could not appear for publication as a result of organizational policies). The full study can be found here (beware it is about 60 pages in length). Here are the sites studied:
- Star Tribune (www.startribune.com) – Daily Metro Newspaper
- Pioneer Press (www.twincities.com) – Daily Metro Newspaper
- Minnpost (www.minnpost.com) – Online-only News Website
- The Minnesota Daily (www.mndaily.com) – College Newspaper, 4-days a week. (Disclosure: I have served as editor at this paper)
- WCCO (www.wcco.com) – Metro TV station
- KSTP (www.kstp.com) – Metro TV station
- KARE 11 (www.kare11.com) – Metro TV station
- FOX 9 (www.myfoxtwincities.com) – Metro TV station
- Minnesota Public Radio (www.mpr.org) – Public Radio station
- Minnesota Sun Newspapers (mnsun.com) – Community Newspapers (Most papers are weeklies).